Adoption Myth: You’ll Forget Your Child

For You From The Word

Can a woman forget the baby at her breast? (Isaiah 49:15, NIV)

For You To Think About

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

pregnancy womanWomen and men who face an unplanned pregnancy – and those who love them – can easily buy into accepted myths about the adoption option.

One of those myths is this: “You’ll forget your child.”

Some women use that myth as an insurance policy. A pregnant woman may want to forget her child. The desire to put the pregnancy behind her may lead her towards choosing abortion. She is led to believe that in eliminating the baby’s presence, she can eliminate her thoughts of the child, in spite of the fact that 85% of women who had abortions report negative mental health issues as a result.

Other women allow the myth to tie them up in overwhelming knots of fear. A birth parent may not want to forget her child – and fear that placing her child with an adoptive family, she will not remember the baby. That fear leads her avoid considering adoption as an option.

The truth is this: a birth mother cannot forget her child, regardless of the choice she makes.

That a woman will remember her child is a pure truth. The question to ask her is this: what memories do you want to have – those of life or those of death?

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,

Thank you for the gift of life. Speak to women who face an unplanned pregnancy. Help them to make the choice that is best for themselves and their baby.

In Jesus name, Amen.


More About Adoption

Adoption Myth: Placing Means Giving Up a Child

Resources to Check Out If You’re Considering Adoption

One Woman’s Story of Healing After an Unplanned Pregnancy

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